Mission Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant
Mission Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

Mission Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.missionstreetoysterbarsf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 621-6987
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Freddy Gamez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Mission Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant
After nearly two decades of cooking at local institution Anchor Oyster Bar in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, veteran seafood chef Freddy Gamez left his post as head chef to open his very own restaurant: Mission Street Oyster Bar. Situated in the vibrant Mission district, the inviting restaurant serves several varieties of oysters and generous portions of the freshest fare from the sea. Classic dishes include cioppino, Dungeness crab cakes, caesar salad, prawn pastas and creamy Boston clam chowder. Local fish specials and oyster offerings change daily to ensure premium freshness and quality. Choose from a comprehensive selection of beer and wine for the perfect accompaniment to your favorite seafood dish.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Mission Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (14)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Bountiful portions!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Went to Mission Seafood last night with a friend. He had the cioppino and I had the steamed clams - one of the best I ever had - the broth was fragrant with fresh herbs. Bountiful portions. The bread was crisp and flavorful - I didn't want to stop eating! 't was fab! Strangely uncrowded. Will return.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for seafood.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The ambiance was great, wasnt too loud and the song selections was great. The service was very attentive and were great at recommendations for first time guests. The food was good and is a great place if you are solely looking for seafood.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Cioppino and Whole Crab
    SeafoodJunkieVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Table for 5 at 7:00pm. Only one other table occupied, atmosphere was zero. Basic table settings, paper napkins. Prices high, $25-35 so thought it was going to be a disaster! Then came the food! We are big seafood fans and the oysters were superb, the cioppino base was excellent with abundant clams, mussels, fish, crab etc. whole crab was cooked with a broth/sauce which was the best I've ever tasted (I lived on the coast for 17years). Food made up for the lack of atmosphere which will come once people start tasting the food! Still, paper napkins don't cut it when you are paying $30 an entree and $2.50-5.00 for oysters. Wine list needs more Chardonnay. However our group was still talking about the quality of the food two days later!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Steve
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Really good cioppino special. Fresh ingredients in tasty tasty sauce.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food..no one there
    Foooooodylvr
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had dinner early on a Monday night. The place was a ghost town. The server was very attentive but not pushy. Great selection of oysters. Between four people we had six different varieties...all very fresh and delicious. The entrees were all delicious. Very fresh fried prawns in a great breading and a terrific tarter sauce. We had a fresh seafood pasta, a red sauce which was very full bodied and quite delicious. The crab cake entree was perfect. Light moist crab cakes seasoned perfectly with that great tarter sauce. Fresh vegetables came with it and they were perfectly al dente. The potatoes were perfectly crisp outside and light and fluffy inside. Very clean and did not smell of fish as I had read in another review.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeterVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Excellent new restaurant. You must try the garlic bread: I think it's the best I ever had. Their pasta (prawns in garlic sauce) is yummy, as is their Cioppino and Caesar's Salad with Crab. Tasty stuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • seafood nirvana
    Frank
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This place was just fantastic in every respect. 5 of us all had different dinners and they were all great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A great addition to the Mission! The food was fresh and tasty. The service friendly and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Excellent food! Very expensive.vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Freshest seafood!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The location of the restaurant could be deceiving, but once you've tasted their Cioppino, you'll forget about what's going on outside. This place serves the freshest seafood including several choices of oysters. This is our second time there and plan to go back when we visit the City again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fresh seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went there on a whim after a quick search for an oyster bar. The menu was vague, but I was able to pull up photos on their website. We ordered the cioppino, oysters, and French fries. The cioppino and oysters were fresh and delicious, but I was disappointed with the fries. They were potato wedges, not bad, just not what I was expecting. Upon arrival we were seated right away. The service was good at first, but got slower as it got later and closer to closing time. We noticed that our waitress ran out the door to catch a bus while we were still eating. I didn't get my water filled until we were done, and it was difficult to track someone down for our bill. Perhaps they were having an off night, but I'd definitely go back for the food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dont let the facade fool you
    TheColonelVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Walking along the block I actually slipped right past this restaurant, looking at addresses I noticed it was 2 doors back. WOW it looks so rundown outside, Have I made a mistake? Inside however is a rather unique neighborhood gem.I was most impressed by the oyster half shell choices and was pleased at how good the special Ahi tuna meal was. I ordered a nice bottle of French Rose from the nice and reasonable thought not a great wine list. I would never have considered eating here if it were not on OpenTable and having discovered it I most certainly would eat here again. Free st. parking after 6PM.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Seafood
    JDS1234
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was outstanding - huge offering of many different types of oysters. Everything was very fresh and the prices were very fair. Service was great and location is very convenient right off Mission St. This is not a hipster restaurant - they focus on food not ambiance. I really liked that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Mission Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Can you get past the smell?
    Chet78VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    we went their for lunch and the place smelled terribly. We could not even finish our drinks and had to leave immediately.
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  • Surprisingly disappointing.
    Katie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was pumped to visit this place because, well, I love oysters and it had good reviews. It was a Thursday night at primetime and we arrived... crickets. Literally, the entire place was empty. Not a single other person in the entire establishment. And, it smelled like fish. Not fresh fish, or cooking fish. Like fishy fish. We were temped to turn around immediately, but decided to give it a shot. We ordered an oyster sampler and it was perfectly good, but nothing to write home about. There was nothing unique or particularly stand out, and nothing especially tasty that made me happy we stayed. Don't get me wrong, they were fine. But overall, extremely mediocre experience.
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  • Hidden Gem
    FoodyVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    If you ever find yourself in the Mission and are a seafood lover like myself, then you need to try this place out! The chef worked at a North Beach restaurant for 15 years and opened this eatery up. The seafood is very fresh and extremely well prepared. Their happy hour runs from noon until 5 where the oysters are a buck a piece. Can't be beat. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Oyster Heaven
    TheBigHaus
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My husband and I are novice at eating oysters. Recently we've been on the hunt to try out different places to satisfy our curiosity. We found this oyster heaven at Mission Street Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant. Our waitress with friendly and informative. She gave us an education about the different types of oyster, where they come from and what texture we would expect to taste. We were very satisfy and will definitely go back. Thank you for the lesson and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blair
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We got good food and thoughtful service. I will definitely return, and explore more of the menu.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Good
    AJAJVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was great -- much better than expected. The shrimp on a skewer was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Crab salad was filled with fresh crab. This spot is in a shabby area and it looks like an ordinary Mission st restaurant -- nothing impressive with the simple decor. But everything we had was really good. Small but very nice wine by the glass selections. If you're a bit adventurous or in the area, this is a place to try for oysters or seafood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Oysters!
    Food4Life
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I went on a date here and arrived early in the evening on a Saturday. It was very quiet and the service was great. The menu had a good amount of choices, but wasn't too overwhelming. We had two different types of oysters, both very fresh and delicious.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    NoodletheFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The oysters were amazing! Great menu. We loved everything we ate- oysters, crab cakes, garlic bread. One exception- The clam chowder- it was okay- not the best I have had. The service was a little slow- there weren't many people in the restaurant. So it was a bit odd that the service was slow. The wait staff was very friendly however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cioppino
    AK415VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great cioppino in the town that originated cioppino.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprize in the Mission!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The Mission Street Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant was great, food wise, but rather expensive for the area. I think that if the area around this restaurant changes and is cleaned up a bit, this will be a success. The food was fresh and well prepared.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty plain
    Bill
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Disappointing experience overall. The food was decent - uninspired but tasted fine. The service was extremely poor. The decor of the restaurant was bland. The garlic bread and clam chowder are worth a shot, but our group of five was largely unimpressed by our entrees.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a Mission gem
    2ndvisit
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My third time come here and have never been disappointed. Fresh oysters and great spicy pasta
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Freshest seafood in unexpecte spot!
    Mix2VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    This place nestled within the Mission district has some of the best seafood in town! We tried a number of things on the menu and EVERYTHING is good! Must Order: Garlic Crab - fresh and juicy Oysters - lots of variety and always fresh. Cioppino - Full of delicious seafood, including the most tender fish pieces The owners here are genuinely nice and the prices are extremely reasonable for what you get!
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Just Like Anchor but no lines
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The menu offerings and style is similar to Anchor Oysterbar in the Castro but you can make a reservation at Mission and even so they are seldom crowded. It's a slightly rougher but rapidly gentrifying part of town and an unassuming venue which keeps it a little undiscovered. Oyster crackers, good classic seafood and terrific garlic bread are all there. Haven't made the oyster happy hour but want to try it soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Worth The Visit
    AC94114
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I guess it would be unfair to compare this place to Anchor Oyster, but the chef/owner's claim-to-fame was working there for 20 years before opening this place, so I will say this cannot really compare: the overall ambiance of the place is odd (very modern-looking space and paint colors, tacky fish netting hanging up with sea shells and starfish hanging from them, and random paintings you would buy from Ikea). It's also very loud and echo-y. And there are at least 8-10 ceiling fans going, even at night when it's already chilly out to begin with. The service was good. Our waitress was attentive and friendly, so no complaints there. The food itself was just okay. Overall, I would not recommend this place to any of my friends.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Meh"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Food was ok, nothing spectacular. The service was unhelpful, and seemed confused. We ordered oyster shooters and received oysters on the half shell. It would have been nice to see a list of the various types of oysters as well, instead they rambled them all off. Ordered the Cioppino based on reading other reviews and I was not impressed, actually regretted it. Ambiance could have been better, the smell was a little off putting. Considering there are so many excellent seafood places in the area, I don't think i will go back.
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  • oysters in the miss.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This place had good food and prices were fair and food was plenty. The wine list could be much better however and the service was ok but a little rookie-ish. I would come back for oyster happy hour and/or if I would be hungry while passing by the neighborhood.
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    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Amazing seafood. Cioppino was fantastic. Oyster selection was great. $2 oysters all day on Thursday.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Buzzed Valentine's dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I'm glad to have a good seafood option in the Mission! And, I have to admit...we'd had a few beers before coming to dinner here. But, that didn't stop us from enjoying our meal (cioppino & garlic crab). The only complaint I had relates more to the fact that we chose to come here on Valentine's Day - everybody wants to be out this night & as a result service (slightly) and seating suffered. I'd definitely come here again, esp on a night that wasn't so popular.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality seafood in The Mission
    TomA
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It's refreshing to have good quality food without all the hip hype these days. The owner/chef does well by the the original Anchor Oyster Bar in the Castro. It's definitely my new go-to spot for fresh and tasty seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was an off day - they were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    It was an off day - they were low on staff and service was horrendous (took roughly 45-50 mins to get just appetizers.. which were a dozen oysters and one cup of soup). They offered us a discount and apologized so that was good. I'd return again - food was good! :)
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  • Happy hour oysters
    BeaPVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    They offer happy hours oysters during the week: M to Th 1 $ from 3pm to 6pm I believe and during the weekend: F to Su 2$ all day. The oysters are fresh and excellent. We also ordered some calamari that was really good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good oysters
    Panda
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Got there at 830 on a Sat night and it was empty. They could have been a little more attentive, but I think they sent the servers home because there were so few people. It was the weekend after NYE so understandable. The bartender came to our take and took the order. I love the fact that ALL oysters are $2 all weekend and $1 at happy hour. Oysters were delicious, chowder was fantastic.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food. OK service.
    oyoyster
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Food was a bit slow to come out of the kitchen (Monday night) but other than that it was delicious.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • uninteresting food
    SausalitoVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We went in a for a late lunch. The service was friendly but the food was not interesting and not worth the money. Really a run of the mill offering with sterile decor.
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  • Food is fantastic
    LimeyVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Mission St Oyster Bar is a gem of a seafood place hidden inside a very pedestrian set-up. It doesn't look special from the outside -- a bit dark, hard to figure out from the street. The dining room is simple bare tables and chairs, like you'd see in a mid-range restaurant. The menu looks straightforward: salads, soups, calamari, oysters, seafood sandwiches, crab, shrimp etc. But the food is great. Super fresh seafood, skillfully prepared and served. We had fried and fresh oysters, and they were really great. No less than six fresh varieties to try that day. The fried oysters were simply dusted in cornmeal and then perfectly fried -- hot and juicy, not greasy. The garlic crab was fantastic -- well seasoned, super fresh. We'll be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great good awful ambience
    Genie
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The service was awful as was the ambience. Felt like a cheap restaurant. Old was great and wasn't cheap.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic